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Dirty Dancing... the Remake?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

There are some things you just don't mess with: American Idol with Simon Cowell, Family Feud with Richard Dawson, The Price is Right with Bob Barker.  And you simply cannot imagine Dirty Dancing starring anyone other than the late Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle and Jennifer Gray as Francis "Baby" Houseman.  It just wouldn't be right.

I have seen several items on the 'net this week about a remake at EW, ABC, and this one.:

Get ready to have the time of your lives...again!

Lionsgate has announced plans to remake Dirty Dancing, the 1987 classic film that starred Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze.

The film company has tapped Kenny Ortega, who choreographed the original's iconic numbers, to direct. Variety reports that the remake will incorporate songs from the original -- chestnuts like "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," "Hungry Eyes" and "She's Like the Wind" -- plus more classic 1960s songs and new tunes.

Set in the 1960s, the first Dirty Dancing took place at a Catskills resort and followed the coming-of-age of teenaged "Baby" (Grey) who falls for a sexy resort dance instructor Johnny (Swayze, who died in 2009) as they work together on a dance routine.

"The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me," director Ortega (who helmed the High School Musical films and Michael Jackson's This Is It) said. "Growing up in the '60s on the dance floor helped define me as a person and as an artist."


Is there no creative mojo left in Hollywood, that they now have to resort to remaking one of the most beloved films from the 80's?

The movie industry won't be getting any of my  hard earned dollars for this project.


Rike August 11, 2011 at 8:34 AM  

right, there is only one Baby and only one Johnny.
I remember there was another Dirty Dancing movie back than and I guess, also a TV series. But can someone remember the names of the actors?

Anonymous,  August 11, 2011 at 1:59 PM  

Queenie, I totally agree!

A remake of Dirty Dancing is the worst idea I ever heard! Even before Patrick Swayze's death, I would have felt the same, but feel that way even more now. He made Johnny Castle the great character that he was & CANNOT be replaced.

Hollywood won't be making any $ from me with this remake.

coolfreeze August 12, 2011 at 2:14 AM  

It just seems pointless, I doubt it will do well.

It's one of those movies that just clicked the first time, and either people love it for what it is, or they never will. That's what I think.

I am a fan of the original, it's better than it gets credit for. It's a brilliantly paced movie with perfect montages, some excellent music, and wonderful long dancing takes. So, the dialogue tended to be excessively cheesy here and there, but between the social backdrop (Jewish/Irish/Black tensions, teenage angst, summer flings that likely never survived in the real world, and the American Dream) and the dancing, it was a very well made film.

I don't think this will 'ruin' it like some fans, it was made and can't be unmade. But again, pointless.

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